When it comes to betting on cricket, there are a few tips that come in handy. Join us as we breakdown cricket betting, helping you make the best predictions on upcoming matches.
on cricket, if you do it correctly, is a very simple way for sports bettors to make money. Because
it is a game played over several hours there is always plenty of time to
reverse a losing position and to even improve a winning one. All it takes is a
little knowledge and a lot of attention to detail. Here are a few tips to help
you along when it comes time to make your sports picks:
Know your formats
heart, there are only two versions of cricket - one day and ‘multi-day’ - but
there are three different formats under each of those headings. ‘Test’ cricket
is played over five days and only played at international level. Other
multi-day games are over usually four and sometimes three days and are normally
referred to as ‘first class’ matches. One day games may be played over 50, 40
or 20 overs per team, with abbreviations such as ‘ODI’ being used to refer to a
50 over game between international sides, T20 to refer to the 20 over version
and (sometimes) T20i used to refer to international 20 over matches.
important to know which kind of game you are betting on for any number of
reasons. The most obvious comes when you are betting in a win market, because
even at international level a team will normally be better at one format than
another. There are less obvious areas where this applies, too. For example, you
can often bet on how many runs a batsman will score in a match, either as an
under/over bet or in a spread. It then becomes vitally important to factor in
whether it is a one day game or not, because each team only bats once in a one
day game but can bat twice in a longer format.
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Do your research
isn’t exclusive to cricket, but it is particularly important when betting on
this sport. Cricket grounds differ wildly and some teams simply do better on
their own ground than on others. India, for example, are usually very difficult
to beat when they are playing at home, even when their side is comparatively
weak. England recently won a series there for the first time in almost 30
years, but the Indians then went on to beat Australia 4-0 in their next home
series, and with substantially the same players.
as considering that, some sides don’t tend to do well in particular match-ups.
Looking at the example above, Australia have a particularly poor record in
India and that was the case even when they were on a decade-long run of being
ranked number one in the world. England’s record in India wasn’t great until
this year, and last year they lost to Pakistan and drew with Sri Lanka away as
well, whilst they were supposedly the
best in the world, so it is fair to assume that the betting odds on them winning
anywhere on the sub-continent should be long.
there are player-to-player match-ups that you need to be aware of, particularly
if you are betting in play. England’s Kevin Pietersen, for example, is one of
the best batsmen in the world and you might well be considering backing him in
one of those runs markets I mentioned above. Pietersen, though, is famously
vulnerable to left-armed slow bowlers, who dismiss him a disproportionate
number of times. If you know that Pietersen is going to be facing a side who
have such a bowler in their team, you might want to pitch your estimate of how
many runs he might score a little lower. And if you are betting in-play, you
might want to consider laying off your bet (or taking the ‘cash out’ option
that some markets have) when the left arm bowler comes into the attack.
Watch the weather
cricket and the weather. Two of the biggest cliche’s about cricket are that it
is the only sport which stops for a meal break and the only one you can’t play
in the rain. Now, the first is true (but if you were playing a sport that can
last all day you’d at least want a bathroom break at some point), but the
second isn’t. However, cricket does stop for rain and for bad light, largely
because whether you are batting or in the field you don’t want a leather
missile hurtling towards you at 80mph when you can’t really see it for rain or
gloom (if you’ve never seen a cricket ball, it is a red version of a field
hockey ball, the latter sport having been invented by cricketers).
factors can make a big difference to the outcome of a cricket match, although
the way depends upon the sort of game you are betting on. For a multi-day game,
a prolonged rain break may cause one side to declare their innings closed, in
the hope of having enough time to bowl out their opponent. You therefore need
to again pay attention any run market bets which you may have, and to watch the
odds shift in the win market so that you can take advantage - especially if you
can make your move before any official announcement of what is going to happen,
which will get you the best odds. In fact, it can rain so much that play for
the rest of the day is washed out, so again you’ll want to try to take
advantage if you’ve been betting on the number of runs to be scored that day.
day games, on the other hand, rain can lead to one side or both having fewer
overs to bat for and this can be very significant in a number of ways. For
example, the smaller the number of overs, the more chance the outsider will
have, because pure chance begins to play more of a role in the result. Second,
every competition will have a minimum number of overs to be bowled before the
game is valid. In the 2010 T20 World Cup Ireland were on the verge of beating
England but because they did not bat for the required 5 overs to constitute a
game the match was declared void; as a result England went through to the next
round and won the tournament.
only is it vitally important to know just what the weather rules are, it is
important to know what the rules are if a game is declared void. Do you get
your stake back, or not?
Who the hell are Duckworth-Lewis?
Duckworth-Lewis method is a way used to calculate the impact that a stoppage in
play has upon the result of a one day game. It is a very complicated thing to
try and explain (and resulted in the dullest book ever written about cricket -
I know, because I had to review it) but basically it is the way that the number
of runs scored is recalculated after that stoppage. If the stoppage occurs in
the first innings of the game then that recalculation will take place at the
end of the innings and this is a good place to make some money. Get hold of a
copy of the tables and the instructions for using them. You should then be able
to calculate what that revised total will be long before the announcement is
made, and so get into the over/under and spread markets before others do.
tables will also be handy in the second innings. You will often see television
coverage (or, if you are at the game, the scoreboard) flash up the figure ‘D/L
Par’. That is how many runs the side batting needs to have scored to win the
game. There are a lot of options here. If they are way ahead or behind that
figure, you can back or lay them in the win market if the odds are right, for
Finally, there’s one last way that
Duckworth-Lewis can help you, and it is because of something that the tables
don’t do. In one day cricket, each bowler is only allowed a certain number of
overs. That number of overs gets reduced as the number of total overs goes down
and this can mean that a side has no overs left of their best bowlers (or far
fewer of them). That might give more of a chance to the batting side than
either the par score or the odds might suggest, again giving you a chance to
clean up whilst realising that cricket may be a complictated game to bet on,
but it can be a very profitable one, too.